Monday, December 17, 2012

3rs Sunday of Advent, 16th December 2012

Annual Christmas Carol Service
The annual St. Patrick’s Parish Carol Service takes place on this Sunday, 16th December at 4.00pm in St. Joseph’s Church, Foulkstown.  
For many this has become a must-attend event in the lead up to Christmas and all are welcome.  Seasonal refreshments will be served in the Springhill Court Hotel after the service.  Please come along and join in the carols.
Brass and Reed Band Concert
The St. Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band Annual Christmas Concert will take place in St. Patrick’s Church on Monday, 17th December at 8.00pm.  Guest artists: St. Andrew’s Church Choir, Bagenalstown, Audrey Larkin, Eugene Dewberry, Rory Broderick, Johann Dewberry. MC for the Evening: Mr. Noel Power.
Diocese of Ossory Newsletter
Copies of the new Ossory Times magazine are available to buy at all our churches and at the Parish Centre.  This 52 page magazine has informative and interesting articles which help to share and celebrate much of what is happening in our diocese.  Cost: €2.
Christmas Penitential Service
Our parish Penitential Service in preparation for Christmas will be held at St. Patrick’s Church at 7.30pm on Thursday evening, 20th December.
St. John the Baptist urges us to make straight the way for Christ to come into our lives.  Confessing our sins and receiving absolution is an excellent ways of preparing our souls for Christmas.  All are welcome.
Finding Hope in Advent Time
Fr. Willie Purcell will give a final talk and lead a discussion entitled Finding  Hope in Advent Time at 11.00am on Tuesday morning. All welcome.
Christmas Shop at the Parish Centre
Come and see the large range of Christmas Cribs and other seasonal gifts at the Parish Centre.  
Parish Centre Christmas Times
The Parish Centre will close for the Christmas Holidays on Wednesday, 19th December and will reopen on Monday, 7th January 2013.
Parish Office Christmas Times
The Parish Office will close to the general public on Thursday, 20th December and will reopen to the public on Monday, 7th January 2013.
While the Centre and Office will be closed to the public the priests will be available during the Christmas Season.  Our automated telephone system will enable you to reach the priest on duty, discover Mass times, leave messages or contact any of the priest’s personal telephone lines during the holidays. 
We wish all a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Christina Comerford, 12 Corcoran Terrace, Kells Road.  Rosary at her residence at 8.00pm on Saturday.  Funeral prayers at her residence at 11.45am on Sunday followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church for Requiem Mass at 12.30pm.  Burial will follow at Foulkstown Cemetery. Eileen Baker, formerly of 2 Jacob Street. Tom Ryan, Knockreagh, Callan. Martin Maher, Limerick. Des Milner, Oregon USA. Paddy Mahony, 13 Wolf Tone Street.
Months Mind: Billy Walton, Vera O’Connell
Anniversaries: Michael Dollard (Sat 6.15). Dick Lynch (Sat 7.00). Michael Hynes (Sun 9.30). Joe & Nan Mulhall (Sun 10.00). Kathleen Redpath (Sun 10.30). John Carroll, Thomas, Barbara & Eileen Gunn, Brian & John Gavin (Sun 11.00). Padraig ‘Podge’ Butler (Sun 12.00). Martin & Hugh McCorry (Sun 12.30). John Corcoran. Margaret Larkin. John Hayes. Bridget Connick. James Murray. Richard & Maureen Free. John & May Rhatigan. Eugene & Paddy Somers. Seamus, Milo & Ann Fry. Patrick Burke. Brigid, Della, James & Della Maher. Mary Delaney. Bess & Mick Delaney. Mollie O’Neill. Mary Maher. James Dollard.  Tommy & Brigid O’Neill.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The members of the St. Patrick’s Parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul would like to thank sincerely those who supported last weekend’s annual Christmas collection.  Your generosity was phenomenal and the proceeds are being used to help needy families in our community.  Also a sincere ‘thank you’ to all those who left donations for the Society at the Parish Centre.  Your generosity will help families who are struggling this Christmas.
Parish Fundraising Bag Pack
Thanks to the many people who helped with our fundraising bag pack at Caulfield’s Supervalu over the past few days.  We appreciate your time and energy given to the parish.   Thanks also to the management and staff at Caulfield’s Supervalu and to the generous shoppers who contributed to the collection.  Well done to Rita Byrne and Mary Parsons for mobilising such a willing team.  Money raised will help defray our parish debt.  The amount raised was over just €3,000.00!
Thank You from Adult Folk Choir 
St. Patrick’s Parish Adult Folk Choir would like to thank all who supported their Carol Singing outside Caulfield's Supervalu on last Thursday evening.  The €733.73 raised has been donated to the St. Patrick’s Conference of the Society of Vincent de Paul.
Home Alone This Christmas?
Don’t be home alone this Christmas! Senior Help Line is a national confidential telephone listening service for older people provided by trained older volunteers. We are open every day over Christmas, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 10.00am to 10.00pm, (closed Christmas evening from 7.00 - 10.00pm). All calls are treated as strictly confidential. We are here to listen. LoCall 1850 440 444 for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland.
Plan for Your Christmas Mass
Christmas Masses in our parish will be as follows:
Christmas Eve: St. Fiacre’s Church at 9.00pm; St. Patrick’s Church at midnight (the only midnight Mass in the City).
Christmas Day: St. Patrick’s Church at 9.30am, 11.00am and 12.30pm.
St. Fiacre’s Church at 10.30am (Bishop Seamus will be celebrant at this broadcast Mass) and 12.00noon.
St. Joseph’s Church, Foulkstown: 10.00am.
 Missa Cantata
There will be a High Mass (Missa Cantata) in St. Patrick’s Church, Kilkenny on this Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, 16th December at 5.00pm.
Evening Mass in Kilkenny
There will be 6.00pm evening Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral during Advent - another good way of preparing for Christmas.

Christmas Taize Prayer
There will be a Christmas Taize Prayer on Saturday 22nd December in the Black Abbey Church beginning after the 6.10pm Mass.  All welcome to attend.
Weekly Envelope Collection
Last week’s collection: €2,174.31.  Many thanks.
Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Bookings can now be made for the 2013 Ossory Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes which takes place between 22nd and 27th May 2013. Telephone 051 880 414. Email  Fare €735pps.
Never turn your face from the poor and God will never turn his from you (Tobit 4:7).  The 10th December was World Human Rights Day and Trócaire asks us to help uphold the human rights and protect the dignity of the most vulnerable people in the developing world with a Christmas ‘Gift of Change’.